Washington- President Donald Trump says freshman Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar “should be ashamed of herself” over tweets suggesting that a powerful pro-Israel interest group paid members of Congress to support Israel. The Minnesota congresswoman “unequivocally” apologized earlier Monday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats rebuked her. She said she had no intention of offending anyone and thanked her colleagues for educating her on anti-Semitic tropes. On Air Force One flying to a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas, Trump said that Omar had made “a terrible statement” and that he didn’t find her apology to be adequate. Asked what she should have said, Trump replied, “She knows what to say.”
New York - Amazon is buying Wi-Fi device maker Eero, helping the online retailer expand its line of smart home gadgets. Eero, founded in San Francisco five years ago, sells $200 devices that can spread Wi-Fi throughout a home. Rival Google already sells similar devices. Seattle-based Amazon did not say how much it is paying for Eero. The deal is expected to be completed sometime in the first half of this year. Amazon has been growing its smart home gadgets in recent years: Its voice-activated Echo devices have been a hit for the company, and last year it paid about $839 million to buy Ring, the maker of Wi-Fi-connected video doorbells.
Washington - The Food and Drug Administration announced plans Monday to step up its policing of dietary supplements, which it said has mushroomed into a $40 billion industry with more than 50,000 products. The agency warned 17 companies for illegally making claims about their products’ ability to treat diseases. Here’s a look at what the FDA’s announcement means: Q: How are dietary supplements regulated? A: Dietary supplements, including vitamins, are regulated more like foods than drugs. They can make claims similar to what’s found on cereals or snack bars such as “calcium builds strong bones.” But they can’t contain drug ingredients or make claims about treating diseases like Alzheimer’s, cancer or diabetes. Q: Does the FDA plan to chan...
Washington - Leaders are speaking far more simply and with more confidence than they did four score and seven years ago. Donald Trump’s speech has accelerated that trend. A new study says Trump talks less analytically, and more confidently, than all past U.S. presidents. Psychologists at the University of Texas and Princeton University used a computer language program to study nearly 3 million texts going back to 1789, using speeches by leaders in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia, along with general stories in books and newspapers, movie subtitles and cable news transcripts. Trump’s speeches, debates and documents scored the highest among presidents on a scale that tries to measure confidence in language, more than twice that of low man William Henry H...
New York - A much-hyped network upgrade called “5G” means different things to different people. To industry proponents, it’s the next huge innovation in wireless internet. To the U.S. government, it’s the backbone technology of a future that America will wrestle with China to control. To many average people, it’s simply a mystery. The technology is one of the issues expected to take center stage at the MWC mobile conference in Barcelona, Spain, this month. The interest goes well beyond engineers: In Washington, there are fears that China could take the lead in developing the technology and sell equipment that could be used to spy on Americans. What, exactly, is 5G wireless — and will you even notice when it comes online? WHAT IS 5G? 5G is a new tech...
El Paso, TX - President Donald Trump’s rally in El Paso, Texas, to push for his border wall took a strange twist when he began a tangent on dogs. Trump says he’s impressed by German shepherds and their ability to sniff out illicit drugs, but doesn’t see himself getting a dog while at the White House. Trump says he wouldn’t mind having a dog, but he doesn’t have the time. He asked the crowd, “How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn?” The crowd laughed loudly in response. He then shook off the thought, saying, “It feels a little phony to me.” He noted that some people have told him it would be good politically to have a dog. He ended up not buying that one though, saying, “That’s not the relationship I have...
As the worst measles outbreak in New York in decades rages on, health officials have launched an "aggressive, multi-pronged" attack against the disease that has sickened over 200 people in five months. Since fall in 2018 at least 204 people have necome ill with the highly contagious and potentially deadly disease, which can be prevented by a safe vaccine. Most cases have hit the state’s Orthodox Jewish communities, where some families may find it difficult to access vaccinations in a trend that has weakened herd immunity. Anti-vaccine campaigners have also targeted such communities with misinformation, Vox reported. Outbreaks have occured as travelers returning home from countries including Israel—which is experi...
Jerusalem - El Al Israel Airlines said on Tuesday it was continuing to expand into North America with a nonstop flight during the summer months between Tel Aviv and Orlando. The weekly flights to the home of Disney World will begin in June using Boeing 787 and 777 aircraft, El Al said. Israel’s flag carrier is investing heavily in 787 aircraft to renew its fleet and has been adding long-haul flights to win back customers from increased competition. Read more at Reuters
Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran that any attack by it on Israel would have devastating consequences for the Islamic Republic. “I do not ignore the threats of the Iranian regime but neither am I intimidated by them,” he stated on Monday evening. “If this regime makes the awful mistake of trying to destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa, it will not succeed.” “However, this would be the last anniversary of the revolution that they celebrate. They should take this into account,” he underscored. He was responding to threats made earlier in the day by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’s (IRGC) Deputy Commander for Political Affairs Brigadier General Yadollah Javani that Iran would “raze the cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa” ...
Nicosia, Cyprus -  Israel’s president says cooperation between his country and Cyprus on intelligence, security and terror prevention has made the Mediterranean “much, much safer.” President Reuven Rivlin said after talks Tuesday with his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades that Israeli-Cypriot security ties “have never been better” with the two countries’ navies and commando units sharing “space, knowledge and experience.” Rivlin said the focus of the neighbors’ strategic partnership that includes Greece is developing the East Med gas pipeline that “could be one of the greatest underwater projects in the world.” The envisioned pipeline would carry natural gas from deposits in the east Mediterranean to Europe via ...
Paris - Portraits of a Holocaust survivor stained with swastikas. A memorial in honor of a Jewish man vandalized. A bagel shop with the German word “Juden” sprayed on its front window. These are just a few of the hundreds of anti-Semitic acts that have been committed in France, which is home to the world’s largest Jewish population outside Israel and the United States, in recent months. According to French authorities, the total of registered anti-Semitic acts rose to 541 in 2018 from 311 in 2017, a rise of 74 percent. A judicial official told The Associated Press on Tuesday that four investigations have been opened by Paris prosecutors after the latest incidents in the French capital last weekend. The person was not authorized to be publicly named because the investig...
Berlin - German authorities say a U.S. Army employee killed a suspected robber during an attempted home invasion in western Germany. The 43-year-old suspected burglar, who wasn’t named, was among four men who tried to force their way into an American family’s home in the town of Landstuhl on Sunday. Prosecutors in nearby Zweibruecken said Tuesday the 41-year-old American father managed to fend off the men using a kitchen knife, stabbing one of them several times. The robbers initially fled by car, but then placed the injured man on a sidewalk while his 51-year-old brother called for help. The younger man died, while the older was arrested by police. Prosecutors say the American is being investigated for bodily harm leading to death, though authorities are considering whethe...
New York - This should be Michael Bloomberg’s moment. No presidential prospect has done more to confront climate change than the billionaire Democrat, who measures his progress in the metric tons of carbon emissions he’s helped eliminate. But as climate change surges to forefront of the 2020 Democratic primary, no issue better illustrates Bloomberg’s political challenge. A onetime Republican, the pragmatic former New York mayor is struggling to find his place among the increasingly bold ambitions of his adopted political party. Virtually every top Democratic White House contender embraced the so-called Green New Deal immediately after it was released last week. The nonbinding resolution outlined ambitious plans to cut all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero over 10 ye...
Jerusalem - The traditional brightly embroidered dress of Palestinian women known as the “thobe” was not the type of garment one would expect to become a pop political symbol. Now it’s gaining prominence as a softer expression of Palestinian nationalism, competing even with the classic keffiyeh — the headscarf donned by young stone-throwing Palestinian men protesting Israel’s occupation. The robe, adorned with elaborate hand-stitched embroidery, requires months of grueling labor. Some thobes fetch thousands of dollars. The traditional textiles call to mind a bygone era of Palestinian peasant women sewing on a break from the fields. Last month, Rashida Tlaib proudly wore her mother’s thobe to her historic swearing-in as the first female Palestinian Ame...
Baltmore, MD   — A wintry mix reached Maryland late Sunday night and will last into Tuesday evening. A winter storm warning has been expanded to include all counties along the border with Pennsylvania, including northern Baltimore County and northwestern Harford County until 10 a.m. Tuesday. The first part of the storm brought snow, sleet and freezing rain Sunday night into Monday. Snow and sleet mixed with some rain will continue overnight into Tuesday, making some icy patches are possible. There will be about 1-2 inches of accumulation north of Baltimore by Tuesday morning. Then, for Tuesday morning, a wintry mix continues followed by afternoon rain, which could become heavy, at times. Many school systems were closed or delayed Monday due to slick road conditions. "I...
In Shemos, Perek Chof Ches, posuk tes vov, the Torah tells us that the Choshen was made via artisan sewing. In posuk lamed the Torah says that they inserted the Urim VeTumim in the Choshen. The question arises, how could one pasken based on the Urim VeTumim? The Gemara in Bava Metziya, daf nun tes, amud bais says that the Torah is not “bashomayim,”(in heaven) therefore we don’t pasken based on a bas kol.  The Gemara in Temura, daf tes zayin, amud alef says that three thousand halachos were forgotten during the period of mourning for Moshe Rabbeinu. Klal Yisroel turned ...
Albany, NY - A preliminary report on the federal probe of a fatal limousine crash four months ago in upstate New York suggests no probable cause, saying the investigation continues. The National Transportation Safety Board released the report Monday on the Oct. 6 crash in rural Schoharie that killed 20 people. It says the agency continues to gather information on the modifications and mechanical condition of the 2001 Ford Excursion stretch limo, as well as oversight by state agencies. State police and prosecutors pursuing a criminal case against the vehicle’s operator had prevented the NTSB from doing its customary inspection protocol on the vehicle until a local judge intervened two weeks ago. The limo ran a stop sign and crashed beside a country store, killing the driver, 17 pas...
Houston - Lawyers for eight immigrant families separated under Trump administration policy filed claims Monday against the U.S. government demanding $6 million each in damages for what they describe as lasting trauma. The parents accused immigration officers of taking their children away without giving them information and sometimes mocking them or denying them a chance to say goodbye. The claims allege that many children remain traumatized, including a 7-year-old girl who won’t sleep without her mother and a 6-year-old boy who is reluctant to eat. The Trump administration has acknowledged it separated more than 2,000 families last year through the implementation of a zero-tolerance policy intended to crack down on Central American migration at the U.S.-Mexico border. Government wa...
Washington - Keeping the public confident inflation will be contained is key to keeping price rises contained, San Francisco Federal Reserve economists said in a paper on Monday that also suggested the unemployment level is all but irrelevant to the inflation trajectory. The U.S. unemployment rate is 4 percent, well below what most U.S. Fed policymakers see as sustainable, but inflation has barely touched the central bank’s 2 percent target. That’s been a puzzle for some Fed policymakers, who continue to believe that a tightening job market will at some point put upward pressure not only on wages but also, less desirably, on prices. The research from the San Francisco Fed, which is viewed as a leader in labor market research, could play importantly into the central bank&rsquo...
Minneapolis - Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar has relished the attention attached to becoming one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, eagerly engaging with supporters and critics on social media. But Omar’s quick thumbs also have caused problems for herself and Democratic leadership. On Sunday, she suggested on Twitter that members of Congress are being paid to support Israel — a comment that drew swift criticism on social media as being anti-Semitic and led House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to condemn the statement and demand an apology. Omar apologized, saying she is “Listening and learning, but standing strong.” She then reaffirmed what she called “the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics.” She and Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib won...
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